Marsden FC are counting down to the new season and boss Luke Haigh says his new-look squad is united and ready to go.

Haigh, who took over an historic club at a low ebb, has rebuilt Marsden FC and wants success on and off the field.

“We are very much one club who play together and train together,” he said. “There is no divide at all. You play well in this side and you earn your place in the team. It’s that simple.

“We will win and lose games this season but I won’t change the way we want to play football for anybody.

“The first team is slowly starting to get to grips with what I’m wanting to see and the 2nds are adopting the same set up and philosophy so when they do step up it’s much easier for them to slot into the system.”

Haigh said whilst improvements have been made in pre-season he is wanting to see even more from his players.

“We have slowly improved in every pre-season game we have played but the players are still only playing at about 40% of what I want.

“Pre-season results are irrelevant which is why I’ve asked our social media manager Oliver Eaton not to put any scores on there, whether we win, lose or draw.”

Haigh is pleased with the shape of his squad and said: “We have a really nice blend of youth and experience which should bode well for us this season. Amongst them are four 16-year-olds, one of whom has already broken into the first team and held his own.

“We have some very promising youngsters on our hands and the club should be very proud to have them representing this club. Both the first and second team players are as one.

“I’ve made a total 22 signings this summer for both squads so Marsden is very much in a transitional period. However, I’m still wanting both teams to compete and be the best they can be.”